Christy Sports started in 1958 when Eduard and Gale Crist opened a ski shop in Lakewood, Colorado. The name Christy comes from the Christy turn; a term known among skiers. In 1969, the Crist’s sold the business to Paul Ulrich and Hays Busch. In 1970 Christy Sports expanded by opening a store in Vail, and two years later a store at Copper Mountain.
In 1972, the first SportStalker ski rental store was opened by Ben Hambleton in a new ski resort just outside of Steamboat Springs. SportStalker flourished as a genuinely customer friendly business. The store adopted the philosophy of offering customers the best equipment and clothing in the industry at a good value. In 1989, Hambleton sold 60 percent of Stalker, Inc. to a French group headed by Patrick O’Winter. Within the next four years, SportsStalker had 15 locations and Christy Sports had grown to 18 stores. In 1994, SportStalker merged with Christy Sports to form a new company called Christy Sports, LLC.
One of the keys to Christy Sports success has been its ability to only focus on certain areas of expertise; skiing, snowboarding and patio furniture. The company is proud to be recognized as a specialist in the ski industry as well as an expert in the patio furniture business.
After the formation of Christy Sports LLC, the business thrived as a specialty ski and snowboard shop, filling a niche within the ski and snowboard retail market. Today, the company philosophy centers on the same principle; quality customer service. With over 45 locations throughout Colo. and Utah, Christy Sports continues its growth by providing customers with low prices and quality products wherever they want to ski and ride.